In a welcome step, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court requested an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in Darfur. This move is not only based on sound evidence, but can be a step forward in the path to secure peace.
By John Norris, David Sullivan, and John Prendergast | Jul 14, 2008
China has again assumed the Presidency of the U.N. Security Council, a position that it last held in July 2007 when it led the authorization of a U.N. peacekeeping force for Darfur. At that time, Beijing appeared to be responding to a global campaign by activists, in advance of the Olympics, to shame China into using its influence to address human rights crises in locales in which it has significant economic investments. But China's actions have belied its rhetoric, and it has continued to protect its favorite deadly dictators in places like Darfur, Burma, and Zimbabwe. The Chinese government is not entirely a lost human rights cause, but its roadmap badly needs revision.
By John Prendergast and David Sullivan | Sep 30, 2008